While you guys got to ooh, ahh, and discuss the official season 13 promo photos, I was busy trying to compile everything for WWIB – so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m a bit cranky in these critiques. In reality, I actually started compiling pictures for this last week, after the first celebs tweeted pix of themselves at their respective shoots, but it still left a lot to do once they FINALLY released the pix today (3 days late, I might add…ahem, ABC, you listening? ;-)). Anywho! As I was telling Heidi, there were definitely a few…odd things about this season’s promo photos. So let’s get right to it, shall we?
Battle of the midnight blue, sparkly one-shoulder rumba dress: Anna’s pre-season 13 photo shoot with Carson vs. Anna’s rumba with Evan in season 10
Courtney: I was joking on Twitter that I bet Carson was the reason the promo photos were released later than usual – he must’ve been picky about he & Anna’s costumes From the look on Carson’s face, maybe he didn’t get his way – he looks pouty. Then again, maybe it’s just extraordinarily awkward for him to be touching Anna “that way”…look at how awkwardly his hands are placed. I worry that these 2 could struggle with really romantic dances like the rumba, if that’s what’s really going here. Then again, Carson could take to the drama of the dances like a fish to water…but anyway! Love Anna, love this dress & the color of it, but I have to go with rumba Anna for this one, for reasons of hair alone – WTF were they trying to do with it in the photoshoot? Seems like they were torn between some Snooki-like bump in the back and loose waves in the front. Ooh wee. And can I just say, this dress is far too similar to the rumba dress she wore with Kurt in season 11 – when you’re dealing with various lighting conditions in photos, it’s hard to tell the 2 apart!
Heidi: Yep, I have to go with Rumba Anna too – and it was also about the hair for me too. I think we’re, like, mind-melding or something. Poor Carson. His lack of experience with women may end up costing him. I believe he did say that himself, did he not?
The winner: Rumba Anna!! It’s all in the hair.
Battle of the flowy, white, jeweled ballgown: Elisabetta’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Val vs. Chelsea’s foxtrot with Mark in season 12
Heidi: Do NOT understand the need to chop off the length on these gorgeous ballroom dresses. WHY?? This dress on Chelsea was so gorgeous, long and flowy – and it loses all it’s impact once it’s chopped off. Gotta go with Chelsea for style….not to mention that I don’t find Val attractive so that kinda hurts Elisabetta’s chances with me.
Courtney: I may have “hated” on Chelsea & Mark all last season (according to some readers…) but I have to say – this was my favorite dress Chelsea wore. Thought it was simple, elegant, and age-appropriate. And while I think Elisabetta looks STUNNING in it, I have to go with Chelsea here – the overall styling & very old Hollywood feel they gave her seems to suit the dress better. One funny note: did they catch Val trying to sniff Elisabetta’s hair? Because his face is half-covered by it, and he looks…guilty.
The winner: Chelsea by a length.
Battle of the cranberry silk embroidered ballgown: Hope’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Maks vs. Jennifer’s tango with Derek in season 11
Courtney: Can’t remember who it was that called this the “red velvet cake” dress, but you’re totally on the money…and making me crave baked goods. Or maybe cranberry juice. Anywho! We don’t see too many cranberry-hued costumes on the show – maybe because it feels like a very formal shade? Idk. I love the embroidery on the sleeves & waist, and I always love open-backed dresses, but I have to say I think a bit of the magic of the original was lost when they shortened the dress – by shortening it, I think they were trying to make it feel more “Latin” than ballroom, but the color & styling of the bodice still scream “ballroom!” to me…so for that reason, I’m gonna go with Jennifer. I prefer the dress long, and the pulled-back hair & matching lipstick complete the look.
Heidi: Again, the chopping up of a perfectly beautiful dress. Gotta go with Courtney and choose Jennifer. Frankly, the dress just doesn’t look right shorter and Court pretty much summed up why. I do like Maks’ matching shirt though – that’s a nice touch.
Courtney: I think I figured out why exactly I don’t love the shortened version: it looks too much like a figure skating costume. Slap some skates on Hope and she’s ready for Skating with the Stars. Why couldn’t they have put her in a different cranberry-colored Latin costume? Like maybe Audrina’s Argentine tango costume?
The winner: Red velvet cake is always a winner…but we prefer our pieces with some length to them.
Battle of the silver-fringed, jeweled Latin dress: Karina’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with JR vs. Chelsie’s pre-season 12 photoshoot vs. Chelsie’s cha-cha with Jake in season 10
Heidi: I love Karina’s bangs! She looks very pretty. But I think I’ll go with the middle Chelsie…I deduct points for the long black gloves as an accessory choice with this dress. I do not like the above-the-elbow gloves with the short latin dresses. Just don’t get that fashion choice at all. So, while middle Chelsie wins for me, Karina takes second and right Chelsie gets third place.
Courtney: This was one of the many oddities I noticed with this season’s photo shoot pictures – why did Karina decide to reuse a dress that had already been worn for a promo pic? Let alone one that was just used LAST SEASON. It may not seem like a big deal, but to my knowledge, no costume has ever gotten used in a promo shoot more than once, and since the promo photos are often the ones that linger the longest of any of the photos taken during a particular season, you’d think they’d try harder to make them more…unique. It’s not like they don’t have a ton of costumes to choose from But I digress once more. Gotta stick with Chelsie on this one, because this doesn’t look like something Karina would design for herself – all the more reason I am befuddled as to why it was picked for her.
The winner: Chelsie still owns the battle of the silver fringe.
Battle of the cranberry corset-top, tulle-overlayed dress: Lacey’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Chaz vs. Lacey in the “Toxic” showdown with Val in season 11
Heidi: Gotta say, I think this one is a draw for me. I think it’s a rather silly dress to begin with, and while I like the red streaks in Lacey’s hair on the right, I despise those little chopped up gloves that she’s wearing. So….a tie. I will say though, that that lighting on the left-hand picture compliments the dress more – you can see all the detail work on it much better.
Courtney: Tee hee…my screen-capping skillz make me giggle sometimes If you’re wondering exactly what Lacey is doing in the photo on the right – I think she’s attempting to make some sort of come-hither gesture to Val and is failing. I can’t say I’m wild about this dress, but it does look very “Lacey-ish”. I guess I prefer it in the “Toxic” number – the streaks in the hair & the edgy makeup seem to suit it better than the more plain makeup & hair they gave her in the pre-season photoshoot. Another observation: I know some people are saying “Oh, Chaz must not be that short after all – Lacey’s standing next to him wearing heels.” Well, he may actually be a bit taller than her, but I think they’re already employing a few tricks to help as well – Lacey’s standing further back than he is, which could alter the perspective; and it looks like Chaz’s hair is gelled straight up, and he may have a bit of a heel on his shoes. Now let’s see if they have tricks to minimize the height difference between Peta & Ron, too…
The winner: Lacey…and no one else.
Battle of the pearl-encrusted, cut-out tango dress: Kym’s Argentine tango with Hines in season 12 vs. Kym’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with David
Courtney: My favorite dress of season 12, PERIOD. Love the racy cut-out sides, love the nude color, and ADORE the fact that Kym eschewed the cliched rhinestone coating and had it encrusted with pearls instead. Love the dress in both pix, but I gotta go with photoshoot Kym – the loose, romantic waves they put in her hair seem to really sexify the dress.
Heidi: Ditto – I also like her partner on the right (cute!) and just her posture is better and works with the dress better. Totally agree about the hair. Doesn’t Kym choose this color for her photoshoots a lot?? It’s a color that really works on her.
The winner: Photoshoot Kym proves that pearls can be sexy.
Battle of the black mesh, fringed & jeweled dress: Ricki’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Derek vs. Marissa’s 2nd rumba with Tony in season 6
Heidi: Mmmmm….Derek. I’ve got to send his trainer cookies or something for the work he’s done on Derek. He looks…bigger. Or in the words of his trainer…”jacked up”. All growed up. Oh. Dresses. Well, since I don’t like Marissa’s stockings, and I don’t like her hair…and, well, I don’t much like HER, I have to go with Ricki for better hair and a hunkier than ever partner.
Courtney: Love that they’ve got 2 former Tracy Turnblad portrayers in the same dress Seems like kind of a cool homage. I don’t exactly love this dress, so it makes it hard for me to pick a winner. Seems to look better with Ricki’s coloring, but that could just be a spray tan and some photoshoot lighting giving her a nice glow. But wait – is Derek wearing a black shirt with brown pants? WTF???
Heidi: Derek’s wearing pants?? Oh…yes, it appears they are a different color. Seems to be an odd choice for him. Very out of the ordinary. Wonder why?
The winner: In the tale of two Tracy Turnblads, Ricki emerges victorious
Battle of the brown fringed & jeweled Latin dress: Nancy’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Tristan vs. Kirstie’s 1st samba with Maks in season 12
Courtney: Nancy actually looks quite nice in this dress, methinks. Perhaps even better than Kirstie. She’s certainly got her tatas ready for battle! Gotta say – Nancy is pleasantly surprising me so far. She seems like she’s actually excited to be doing this, and has set aside her courtroom aggression for the meantime. And Tristan, good on ya – you look happy
Heidi: Ah, we finally disagree on one. I have to go with Kirstie. I think she works this dress better just by nature of her hairstyle which is long and flowing rather than…helmut-y. Yes, I am making up words as we go.
The winner: It serves both Nancy & Kirstie pretty well…so what can brown do for YOU?
Battle of the silver silk jeweled ballgown: Pam’s foxtrot with Damian in season 10 vs. Chynna’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Tony
Heidi: Chynna isn’t wearing this dress, the dress is wearing her. Pam embodies what that dress was designed for – she owns it. Even the elbow length gloves work with this dress and her hair…and her makeup. Just gorgeous! And am I mis-remembering or is this another dress that was nearly full length and they’ve chopped it again?? Step AWAY from the scissors!
Courtney: Chynna has aged incredibly well, but the overall effect of this silver gown on her seems…bland. She’s very pretty, yes, but there’s nothing about the picture that really jumps out at me – and I’m afraid that may be the theme for me with regards to Chynna & Tony this season Whenever I’m rattling off the names of the couples, they always seem to be the ones I forget, maybe because there’s been relatively little media coverage of them. Idk – maybe they’re deliberately flying under the radar so they can surprise everyone in week one. Time will tell! But Pam, my little blonde bombshell of season 10 – she’s a total Marilyn in this one, down to the sex kitten hair, elbow-length gloves, and red lips. *sigh* I miss Pam & Damian…
The winner: You don’t mess with Pam Anderson.
Battle of the black, lacey, fringey dress: Cheryl in the season 12 finale opening dance with Chris vs. Cheryl’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Rob
Courtney: This must be one of those generic dresses they always seem to have on-hand in order to fit a particular color scheme, because nothing about it was really triggering a “Eureka!” moment for me until someone mentioned that it could be Karina’s dress from the season 11 finale – of course it wasn’t, but it at least got me thinking along the lines of finale performances and that’s where I finally found this one. It’s pretty, but unremarkable for me – Cheryl herself doesn’t even seem to be uber-excited to be wearing it in either picture. I guess I’ll go with photoshoot Cheryl, because she’s at least smiling…although Rob still looks like kind of a putz to me.
Heidi: Blah. Boring. Both times. I think Rob IS a putz. It’s actually painful to have him in my DWTS List on twitter.
The winner: Zzzzz….oh, we were supposed to pick a winner? I guess photoshoot Cheryl…now let me sleep…zzzzzz
Battle of the gold lame/gold sequin romper: Kristin’s pre-season 13 photoshoot with Mark vs. Julianne’s freestyle with Helio in season 5 vs. Karina’s pro dance to Selena Gomez with Derek in season 9
Courtney: WARNING: this is NOT the same costume. Well, Kristin’s is not – I’m convinced they bought that nonsense on the clearance rack at Wet Seal…or bought it at a costume auction after Take Me Home Tonight wrapped (BTW, good movie for a few laughs – well worth the $1.08 the bf & I paid for it at the Redbox ;-)). In other words – I hate that gold thing and I have no idea why they decided to put such a pretty girl in such a tacky costume when they clearly have a bajillion suitable leftover costumes at their disposal. *stamps foot* Seriously…whyyyy? Even the the very similar gold sequin romper that Julianne & Karina both wore would be an improvement over this…thing. And don’t even get me started on Mark’s shoes…although, if they were going for the 80’s theme with their photoshoot, he does look vaguely like Duckie from Pretty In Pink…except Duckie is wicked awesome and Mark is just kinda bogus, dude. </80’sslang>
Heidi: Pretty sure they give the dancers a selection to choose from. Just sayin’. This is one gawdawful dress that made me think trailer park Saturday night when I first saw it. Maybe that’s harsh…but didn’t gold lame dresses go out in the 90’s. Or the 70’s? Or both?? I mean, really, at least that gawdawful romper (and you all know how I feel about that cut around the legs) IS a romper. Kristen’s is a dress that is cut up to THERE. Seriously? You’re going there on day 1? Also, you do realize that Mark got those damn shoes bedazzled don’t you? Because we couldn’t see them well enough as it is – because it is much more important that we see Mark’s feet than his partner’s. Or…the dude is just tacky. Are we picking a winner here? I go with Karina because she’s suffocating Derek with her hair. Helio is cool too though.
The winner: Helio & Karina. And perhaps Jon Cryer.
And a special note on Peta’s dress…
We tried, kids, we really tried…but we (and the many PureDWTS readers I solicited both here and on Twitter) were clueless about this feathered thing Peta is wearing. I (Court) swear I’ve seen her wear it somewhere OUTSIDE the dance floor (either in the audience of DWTS or another premiere or something), but for the life of me, I cannot recall specifics. I even asked Peta on Twitter – no response. If you have seen this dress before and can tell us where exactly, we’ll update this post and give you credit But until then, here is some commentary from Heidi & I…
Heidi: What in the hell was Peta thinking? From the psuedo dress to the pose it’s just all the way wrong. I think it might actually be the pose that really caps it off. It kinda looks like Ron is carrying his child in her swimsuit on his hip. Or you could go slightly porno if you want, but I’m trying not to think about that. This is actually a horrendous picture for me – such a gorgeous woman but how did she get to this pose in this outfit??
Courtney: I’m sorry, but this seriously seems like the worst of this batch of promo photos to me. The pose is just totally weird – can you believe that Peta’s leg is actually hidden behind Ron’s back? Believe it – Peta confirmed it. And this dress just feels odd to me – like they just took a tank top and slapped some feathers on the bottom. And speaking of bottoms…I hate that Peta’s is just kinda hanging out in this pic. Add to that the strange pouffy hair, and I’m just left thinking, “WTF???”